Definitions for dreaddrɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to fear greatly:

    to dread death.

  2. to be very reluctant to do, meet, or experience.

  3. Archaic. to hold in respectful awe.

  4. (v.i.)to have fear or great reluctance.

  5. (n.)terror or apprehension as to something in the future; great fear.

  6. a person or thing dreaded.

  7. dreads,

    Ref: dreadlocks.

  8. Archaic. deep awe or reverence.

  9. (adj.)greatly feared; frightful; terrible.

  10. held in awe or reverential fear.

Origin of dread:

1125–75; OE drǣdan; c. OHG intrātan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread(adj)

    fearful expectation or anticipation

    "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"

  2. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible(verb)

    causing fear or dread or terror

    "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"

  3. fear, dread(verb)

    be afraid or scared of; be frightened of

    "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dread(verb)ɛd

    ≠ look forward to

    I was dreading going to the doctor.

  2. dread(noun)ɛd

    a feeling of strong worry or fear


  1. dread(Noun)

    A great fear.

  2. dread(Noun)

    Somebody or something dreaded.

  3. dread(Noun)

    A Rastafarian.

  4. dread(Noun)


  5. dread(Verb)

    To fear greatly.

  6. dread(Verb)

    To anticipate with fear.

    I'm dreading getting the results of the test, as it could decide my whole life.

  7. dread(Adjective)

    Terrible; greatly feared.

  8. dread(Adjective)

    Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.

  9. Origin: dreden, from drædan, aphetic form of adrædan, ondrædan; compare with Dutch ontraden, from and- + rædan. Akin to intratan. More at read.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dread(verb)

    to fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension

  2. Dread(verb)

    to be in dread, or great fear

  3. Dread(noun)

    great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror

  4. Dread(noun)

    reverential or respectful fear; awe

  5. Dread(noun)

    an object of terrified apprehension

  6. Dread(noun)

    a person highly revered

  7. Dread(noun)

    fury; dreadfulness

  8. Dread(noun)

    doubt; as, out of dread

  9. Dread(adj)

    exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful

  10. Dread(adj)

    inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal


  1. Dread

    Dread is a live album by Living Colour released only in Japan in 1994. It contains live recordings from the Stain tour, an acoustic radio session and two B-sides. The live recordings were recorded on 7 June 1993 at Le Zenith in Paris, France and at a concert on 24 April 1993 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. The radio session was recorded for a Dutch radio show called Countdown Café in February 1993. Both of the B-sides were recorded during the Stain sessions.

Anagrams of dread

  1. dared

  2. adder

  3. readd

Translations for dread

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


great fear

She lives in dread of her child being drowned in the canal; His voice was husky with dread.

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